2019 ( USA ) ( Drama, Romance )
DIRECTOR: Greta Gerwig
STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh
Little Women is an adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. It follows the lives of four sisters in 19th century America as they wrestle with approaching adulthood in Massachusetts in the years immediately following the American Civil War. There have already been several film adaptations of Little Women but this latest version, from Greta Gerwig, is so clever and spirited and vigorous and engaging it knocks all the others into a cocked hat. Unlike most period dramas, it does not feel as if it’s nailed to the floor. Instead, it is always on the move. The characters are never static, they run and fight and live and breathe and are full of momentum. It looks splendid, too, particularly the reds, browns and golds of Massachusetts in autumn.
With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.